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Police Reports: Woman Snuck Car From Tow Yard

The following information was supplied by the Needham Police Department. Any charges mentioned do not indicate a conviction.

A Needham woman is facing several charges after she allegedly removed her vehicle from a tow yard after business hours between Sept. 23 and Sept. 24.

Police were called to the Clyde Street business on Monday, Sept. 24 for the report of motor vehicle larceny. Police determined that the owner of the vehicle, which had been towed for having no insurance, had taken the vehicle from the lot the evening before and brought it back to her home.

Video surveillance showed the suspect attaching plates to the vehicle and driving away from the lot, according to reports. The vehicle owner told police she knew she owed more than $2,000 in charges to the tow company when she drove away.

The woman, a 59-year-old Needham resident, is being summonsed to Dedham District Court for uninsured operation of a motor vehicle, unregistered operation of a motor vehicle and attaching plates.

The tow company plans to seek damages in small claims court, according to reports.

Other incidents included in the Sept. 25 Needham Police Department reports:

Driver Arrested for Failure to Register as Sex Offender
A 57-year-old Hyde Park man was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender at a traffic stop in Needham on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Police confirmed through the Sex Offender Registry Board that the driver was in violation of his registration requirements and stopped the vehicle on Wexford Street at around 9:35 a.m. The officer confirmed the driver's identity as that of Gilbert James, 57, of Hyde Park, and arrested him.

Backpack Stolen from Resident's Steps
A Walnut Street resident reported on Tuesday, Sept. 18 that his backpack had been taken from the back steps of his house on Sept. 12. The backpack was described as a Jamaican Flag drawstring bag.

Watches Missing from Home
A Highland Avenue resident reported on Tuesday, Sept. 18 that several watches had been stolen from his home. Police found no sign of forced entry. The matter remains under investigation.

High Winds Bring Tree Down on House
Needham Police and Fire departments were called to assist a homeowner on Harris Avenue after a tree fell on his home during a windstorm on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at around 12:04 a.m. The resident notified a private contractor, who responded to assess the damage.

Cogito September 27, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Some kind of racket here: a special deal for the towing company. How much do you think they were charging this woman every day for "storing" her car? What it amounts to is a little extortion racket. Why was she towed in the first place? As opposed to giving her a chance to find reasonable storage, assuming she had no driveway or place of her own.
Robert Smith September 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM
towing and storage is regulated by the state,any towing company charging rates other than those stipulated by the state face a hefty lawsuit.... If the car was unregistered and uninsured,why should she be allowed to drive it someplace that is reasonable. What would happen if she hit something,someone while moving her car to a "reasonable" place? Who would face liabality?
Donald Mei September 30, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Ha. I did that in college. Drove my car right over a gate. I'm pretty sure the statute of limitations is less than 25 years for a minor property crime. God it felt good.

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